A new report put out by the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund reveals that in several public school classes on the impact of the Bible on history have found classes teaching from a right-wing, fundamentalist Christian standpoint.
A Southern Methodist University religious studies professor Mark Chancey found instances of students learning a literal interpretation of the Bible, that the earth is approximately 6,000 years old and that Judaism is a “flawed and incomplete religion” with materials “designed to evangelize rather than provide an objective study of the Bible’s influence.”
TFN also found a lesson explaining “racial origins traced from Noah.”
Well isn't THAT interesting. While the country celebrates the second inauguration of America's first African American President, the children in Texas are being taught that he is less than a real human being and therefore undeserving of their respect.
Courtesy of the Grio:
What we have inherited is a legacy of racism that is deeper than simple racial preferences or even basic ethnocentrism. American racism has had the aid and comfort of a theological construct perpetuated by churches that attribute racist intentions to God. This was the underpinning of American slavery, Jim Crow laws, and South African Apartheid.
You know whenever anybody asks me why I have such a problem with the Bible being used as a textbook in public school classrooms I always ask them, "Have you read it? Because if you have, then you should know."
It just seems to me that every time we take a step forward in this nation, there is some bible waving lunatic trying to drag us back into the darkness with them.